Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

Descent into Chaos: Conversation with Ahmed Rashid, journalist: June 12, 2008, by Harry Kreisler

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Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long term consequences for the fight against terror and for U.S. moral leadership in the world.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

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